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──Meanwhile, on Earth at that time.
A few days had passed since the fierce battle in space.
I… Yuuya Tenjou, after a busy trip, was finally able to enjoy a holiday.
In fact, there are still some evil beasts left to be defeated in the other world, but Iris-san and the others ordered me to take a rest before parting ways. I thought it would be better to help defeat the evil beasts, but Odis-san also expressed his desire to make up for his inability to participate in the fight against Avis.
Still… unlike previous summer vacations, there was really so much going on this time that it didn’t really feel like a vacation…
The only memories that I have of the summer vacation were of going to the beach with Kaori and the others and going to the summer festival with Miu-san. No, I also took Lexia-san and the others sightseeing around the Earth, does that count as having fun too…?
I didn’t really feel like I was on vacation, but I was really happy to be able to play with my friends, unlike before.
So, as if to relieve the fatigue of the past, I was lounging around the house with Night and the others.
“The summer vacation will be over in a little while.”
Night cocked his head curiously at my soliloquy.
It was less than a week before the end of summer vacation, but I had finished my homework as soon as the vacation started, so there was no need to rush to do anything.
However, I should be preparing so that I don’t panic on the first day of school…
I remember something and suddenly raise my voice, and Akatsuki, who was lying down next to me, jumps up in surprise and gives me a reproachful look.
“You’re making too much noise. What in the world is wrong with you?”
As I apologized to Akatsuki and the others, Ouma-san, who was also sleeping, asked me so with a sigh of absence.
“Well, summer vacation is almost over, and I thought I should go call on Kagurazaka-san, who is still in the other world…”
Yes, I need to call out to Kagurazaka-san, who still remained in the other world.
I mean, I neglected to do that until now because of my sense of things, but… I-is it okay? Each school might have a different date for the end of summer vacation or something like that…
“W-what should I do? N-no, I have to tell her anyway before worrying about it!”
“Hmph, so you’re off to the other world today?”
Night and the others get up as soon as I speak and get ready to head off to the other world.
I should have said a few words to Yuti, but she was not there, as she was visiting a school friend’s house. I am relieved to see that she seems to be adjusting well to her school.
“For now, let’s go to the Regal Kingdom where Kagurazaka-san is!”
I went through the [Door To Another World] and traveled to the Regal Kingdom by teleportation magic.
“Now that we’re here, what are we supposed to do?”
We arrived safely in the Regal Kingdom, but when it came to meeting with Kagurazaka-san, I was troubled by the means.
Since she was treated as an important guest in the Regal Kingdom, I knew that she would be at the royal castle, but I did not know whether I could go directly to the castle or not.
Last time I was with Lexia-san and the others, so there was no problem, but this time I was on my own.
Since there was no one to vouch for my status, I wondered if I would be able to enter the royal castle easily…
I hope one of the soldiers remembers me, but as expected…
As I was thinking about this, Ouma-san looked at me in dismay.
“What, you didn’t think anything of it?”
“Oh well. You don’t have to worry about it that much. If anyone tries to interfere, we’ll just force our way in.”
“We can’t do that!”
That may be true if that’s how Ouma-san perceives it, but as I said, I can’t do such a thing.
As I wandered around near the castle, thinking seriously about what I should do, I was unexpectedly approached by a voice.
“…You, what are you doing?”
The voice was, to my surprise, Kagurazaka-san, whom I had been looking for.
I was surprised because I didn’t expect to see her so suddenly, and then, Kagurazaka-san continued with an air of disappointment.
“If you keep wandering around like that, people will think you’re suspicious, you know?”
I was in such a hurry and had made no preparations that I was surely a suspicious person in the eyes of others. I really should have decided what to do better in advance…
“Well, okay. So, what’s the matter?”
“Oh, uh… summer vacation is about to end for my school, and I thought Kagurazaka-san’s school might be starting soon too…”
Kagurazaka-san was surprised by my words as if she had completely forgotten about school.
“I-I had forgotten that… I was busy defeating evil beasts recently… but it would also cause me a lot of problems if I continued to stay here…”
Kagurazaka-san started to think about something on the spot but then turned her attention back to me.
“…Anyway, I understand. The summer vacation is over, so why don’t you go sightseeing in this country for the last time? I’ll show you around, okay?”
“Eh, you don’t mind?”
Indeed, I had not done a single proper sightseeing tour during my visit to this Regal Kingdom.
Fortunately, I met Kagurazaka-san here, and all I had to do was talk to Orghis-sama about her, so I had time.
So, even for me, sightseeing is wishful thinking…
“No problem. I wanted to look around one last time too.”
“W-well, then… please.”
Thus, I was given a guided tour of Regal Kingdom by Kagurazaka-san.
When I started to look around the city, I found that it had not yet recovered from the damage caused by Avis and Quarro’s attack and was still in the process of reconstruction.
However, even in such a situation, the people of this country are working vigorously and energetically.
“Welcome, welcome! We got some good meat in stock today!”
“How about some of our products as souvenirs?”
“It’s so lively…”
“Right? When I lived here, the first thing I noticed was that everyone was more energetic than those on Earth. And… look over there.”
I looked to where Kagurazaka-san pointed, and there I saw people manipulating magic to build houses.
“This country is so closely related to magic and life that it is called a magical country, so it is interesting to see magic used in various places, isn’t it?”
As Kagurazaka-san said, when I consciously looked around me, I found that people were using magic in their daily lives quite naturally.
I guess the people in the Alceria Kingdom use magic in their daily lives in the same way, but the people here seem to be using magic even more effectively than that.
“Isn’t that one particularly amazing?”
There I saw a man floating several water balls with fish swimming in them.
“That seems to be the country’s freshest fish market. They magically turn the water into a fish tank to bring in the fish.”
The magic from the fish store owner was amazing, but the housewife-like figure who purchased the fish there also magically levitated a small ball of water and put the fish she bought in it to take home.
“I heard from Princess Layla that there is a lot of original magic in this country that is closely related to daily life.”
According to Sage-san’s knowledge, magic does not require chanting or attributes as long as there is an image, but from my previous conversation with Layla-sama, there must be a lot of magic that has been created as unique magic, with some restrictions.
That said, some people cannot use the water attribute, and like the housewife I mentioned earlier, some people must not be able to buy fish alive and bring them home.
Well, from the looks of it, there might even be couriers who use magic.
We were also able to eat other meals unique to this country at a food stall and have Kagurazaka-san show us around the city in various ways.
“Oya, isn’t it Saint-sama! Eh… that handsome man, could he be Saint-sama’s lover?”
“No, it’s not!”
“Saint-sama! We’ve got some live ones in today if you’d like to buy some!”
“I’ll come back later to buy some more.”
People in the city who had noticed Kagurazaka-san approached her one after another.
“Kagurazaka-san, you are very popular.”
“Well… I really appreciate it. I wasn’t sure how it would go at first, but the people of this country have been so kind to me.”
Apparently, she has a good relationship with the people of the Regal Kingdom, which was a relief for me as well.
After some sightseeing, it’s about time to get going, so we decide to head for the castle.
“Come to think of it, I didn’t have any particular appointment for a visit or anything, but is that okay…?”
“Well, normally it would be impossible, but thankfully, this country treats me very well, and Orghis-sama said it was okay to speak to him without hesitation. Besides, I told him in advance that I would be returning to our world… and either way, I will still report to Orghis-sama, so please just come along with me.”
I followed Kagurazaka-san into the royal castle for the time being, and as Kagurazaka-san had said, the treatment was very good, and we were soon able to meet with Orghis-sama.
After waiting for a while in what looked like a reception room, Orghis-sama arrived.
“I apologize for keeping you waiting. And Yuuya-dono, it’s been a while. And all your friends too…”
“Y-yes! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to bother you out of the blue…”
“What? Don’t worry about it. Yuuya-dono is a benefactor of our country, after all.”
Orghis-sama smiles cheerfully as he says so.
It is true that I responded to the attack by Quarro and Avis, but when you even call me a benefactor, I feel indescribable…
“Speaking of which, Lexia-san and the others…”
“Oh, they have already returned to the Alceria Kingdom. Thanks to the “Holy” including Mai-dono and Iris-dono, the damage caused by the evil beasts has been decreasing recently. After exchanging various information, they returned to their country.”
While I was resting after returning from space, Iris-san and the others were working hard in the other world… Although Iris-san and Master Usagi told me that I could rest, I feel bad that I have done nothing so far.
After some light chit-chat, Orghis-sama asked.
“So, what brings you here?”
“I am sorry, Your Majesty. May I ask for a moment of your time?”
Kagurazaka-san’s words startled Orghis-sama.
“From the very beginning, Mai-dono has been helping us because of our selfishness. That is why we have no right to say anything to Mai-dono. And thanks to Yuuya-dono, the “Evil” king has been defeated, so there is nothing we want Mai-dono to do right now. Just what are you going to do with your time off?”
“Well, I was wondering if I could go back to my world for a while…”
“What? Oh, yes… I heard that Yuuya-dono can go back and forth between worlds…”
“Y-yes. I can come and go. So, Kagurazaka-san and I can continue our lives in our original world…”
It seems that Orghis-sama already knows that I can freely come and go between this world and Earth, besides the fact that I am from another world. I wonder if Lexia-san or Kagurazaka-san taught him that?
“I understand the situation. As I said before, I summoned Mai-dono for our own reasons. As long as she can return to her world, there is no problem. The matter of the evil beast has settled down.”
“No need to apologize. We are the ones who are sorry for bringing two unrelated people into this mess. Since you are with Yuuya-dono, I’m sure it will be alright, but please be careful on your journey.”
After getting approval for Kagurazaka-san to return to Earth for the time being, I was taking a breather when Orghis-sama showed a sign of remembering something.
“Right! I had one thing to tell Yuuya-dono.”
“Have you ever heard of the Evil cult, Yuuya-dono?”
“Evil cult… is it? I had never heard of it before.”
As I tilted my head at the unfamiliar word, Orghis-sama continued.
“To put it simply, it is a religion that believes in “Evil,” but some suspicious activities are happening among its followers. There is nothing serious going on, but I would like you to keep this in mind.”
I didn’t know there were people who believed in “Evil”…
I don’t know what they are thinking, but I hope it doesn’t turn out to be too disturbing.
After we finished talking while thinking about this, Kagurazaka-san and I greeted Orghis-sama once again and left the royal capital of Regal Kingdom.
After walking for a while out of the city, Kagurazaka-san opened her mouth.
“So, how long does it take to get to your house from here?”
“Oh, it won’t take long since we will be returning home by magic.”
While Kagurazaka-san, who was unaware of the existence of teleportation magic, was surprised, I confirmed that there were no signs of people around us at first, then I activated the teleportation magic and returned to Sage-san’s house.
We then passed through the door and returned to the Earth.
“Yes, we are back.”
“I-it really only took a moment…”
“Well, I would appreciate it if you could keep the teleportation magic a secret.”
“It seems that teleportation magic is considered legendary not only on Earth but also the other world, and there are a lot of problems if I can use it…”
“No, your very existence is already outrageous, so why do you care about the legends now?”
W-well, that may be so, but it is better to be cautious.
“Well, that’s all right. If that’s the case, I’ll keep my mouth shut. I’d better hurry home and get ready for school…”
“Oh, excuse me! Shall I teleport you directly to the front of the shrine…?”
“You don’t have to go that far. I want to do some shopping on the way home… Anyway, thank you so much for always looking out for me.”
After saying this, Kagurazaka-san went straight back toward the shrine that was her home.